Rachna Sarkari started working at the International Water Association in September 2021. She is currently working as a Membership Engagement Officer (Specialist Groups). She oversees engagement in the IWA communities (Specialist Groups, Task Groups, Cluster Groups) and working closely with member engagement team, regional offices, communications team, and other key staff at IWA.
Rachna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological and Chemical Sciences, a Master’s Degree in Development Studies & Gender from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom and a Master’s degree from IHE-Delft, Netherlands, where she studied Water Services Management and Water Governance, including the provision of water and sanitation services and the management of related infrastructure, as well as the development and critical review of institutional and financial instruments and business models for different socio-economic contexts. She has also completed a short course on “Solid Waste Management from UNESCO-IHE, Delft, Netherlands as a Nuffic fellow and she was chosen for IFP scholarships for social justice leadership in 2006 for her community development work. Over the last 12 years she has been working with the government, non-governmental and corporate agencies in her home country, India. Her core expertise lies in water and waste management services, programme management and implementation, financial management and technical support in social, economic development, and water projects, community engagement and development, and gender mainstreaming.
Rachna is passionate about bringing constructive changes in the life of the vulnerable and marginalised groups, who demand greater recognition for all development policies, programs and planning.